In Focus: Chelsea want to re-sign Southampton star; must guarantee regular football

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Chelsea are keen to re-sign Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Blues boss Antonio Conte is keen to bring in some competition for Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses in the wide positions this summer and the Italian believes that Bertrand would challenge the former for a first team spot.
The west London outfit sold the left-back to Saints for £10m in 2015 but they have shown that they aren’t afraid to buy players that they have sold previously having done the same with Nemanja Matic and then David Luiz last summer.

How has Bertrand done this season?

He has done really well and is a key player for the south coast outfit.
The 27-year-old has scored two goals – including a late consolation in his side’s 4-2 defeat against Chelsea on Tuesday night – and provided a further four assists in 24 Premier League appearances this term.

While he is a real threat going forward he is also reliably defensively, and that is something that means he will be a perfect fit for the left side of Conte’s preferred 3-4-3 formation.

How much would he cost?

If Bertrand did want out, then Southampton would be looking to at least double the money they paid for the 27-year-old when they bought him two years ago.

Would he want to move to Stamford Bridge?

If he was to be guaranteed first team football, then yes he would.

That was one of the reasons he left Chelsea on a permanent deal in the first place and he would want assurances from Conte that he would be a regular in the side before making the move.

What’s the verdict, then?

With Southampton having no European football next season and Bertrand looking to establish himself as England’s first-choice left-back he could be looking to make a move to a bigger club this summer.

He would certainly fit into the current Chelsea system if they are willing to pay the south coast side’s asking price.